Miami-Dade Boosts Carnegie Curricula to 51 Schools
12.13.2006—Miami-Dade County Public Schools has expanded its use of Carnegie Learning's Cognitive Tutor programs. Since January 2006, Miami-Dade has purchased about $500,000 worth of Carnegie products, including Bridge to Algebra, Algebra I and Integrated Math Curriculum Kits. Carnegie Learning curricula are now used in 51 schools throughout the county.
Carnegie's include supplemental materials and full curricula, including software. According to Carnegie, the curricula combine "software-based, individualized computer lessons with collaborative, real-world problem-solving activities. Students spend approximately 40 percent of their class time using the software, and the balance of their time engaged in classroom problem-solving activities."
"Our first purchase of the Carnegie Learning curricula was made in 2002 and we subsequently conducted a third-party study that showed the Cognitive Tutor students scoring significantly higher than conventional curriculum students on the FCAT," said Marcus Anglin, district mathematics supervisor. "The difference was more pronounced for ESE students, which was particularly important to us. We are seeing both quantitative and qualitative results of the program that indicate our students are more enthusiastic, more engaged, and performing at higher levels using the Carnegie Learning curricula."
In the last year, Carnegie has also provided professional development services involving 11 schools in the secondary school-reform initiative and three corrective-action schools in Miami-Dade.
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